Wife jailed for stabbing husband to death in Gosport flat

JAILED Jennifer Parkinson
JAILED Jennifer Parkinson
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A WOMAN who stabbed her husband to death during a row over money has been jailed for three years and eight months.

Wearing black trousers and a black short-sleeved top and flanked by two female security guards Jennifer Parkinson stood and nodded as she was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court.

LOCKED UP Jennifer Parkinson was jailed for killing her husband

LOCKED UP Jennifer Parkinson was jailed for killing her husband

The 66-year-old was cleared of murder after a trial last month on that grounds that she did not intend to cause serious harm but she pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Judge Guy Boney QC told her: ‘You took your husbands life and at the same time ruined what is left of your own life.’

The retired PA had always admitted knifing former headteacher Michael Parkinson in their Gosport penthouse apartment.

But she maintained throughout her seven day trial that she had not meant to kill him.

It took the jury of six men and six women five hours to clear her of murder.

Judge Boney said: ‘It’s the case that your anguish and remorse, once you reason had been returned to its rightful pedastal was as profound and deeply felt as it’s possible to imagine.

‘I am quite satisfied that your remorse and sorrow will be with you for the rest of your life.’

Parkinson stabbed her husband of 20 years three times, in the chest, back and hand, in their home in a gated community off Mumby Road on March 22 last year.

The pair owned about 20 properties together which they rented out but a rise in mortgage rates had led to arguments over money and put a strain on their relationship.

Friend and neighbour Robert Harvey said the Parkinsons appeared to be devoted to each other and didn’t seem to have a care in the world.

In fact the couple had been losing £4,000 a month and were forced to live in a motor-home for a period.

On the day of the 63-year-old’s death they had both been drinking before a violent row over money.

Parkinson, who has family in Havant, told the court she was upset after her husband had blamed her for getting them into financial difficulties.

The pensioner insisted she only picked up the knife to stop her husband ‘in his tracks’, and never intended to use it.

The judge said: ‘Once your husband had disarmed you one might have thought you would realise what you were doing and left the knife on the floor where it was.

‘Instead you regained possession and used it to devastating effect.’

Mr Parkinson, who had been a headteacher at a school in Rutland but retired early after a nervous breakdown, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, after his wife dialled 999, but he died of his injuries.

John Coffey QC, defending, said: ‘Her punishment began on the day that the fateful events took place and she has accepted and must continue to accept that it was at her act and at her hand that her husband has lost his life.

‘Her regret was immediate and her remorse will stay with her frankly until her dying day.’

The 406 days that Parkinson has already spent in custody will be deducted from her sentence.